Rushing attack, defenses dominate middle school jamboree

Peter Silas Pasqua
Gonzales’ Tyler Briley turns up field on a 40-yard touchdown run in the Bulldogs’ 36-0 victory over Donaldsonville Saturday afternoon in the Ascension Parish Middle School Jamboree at Griffin Field.

GEISMAR - The running game and defense took center stage at  Ascension Parish Middle Schools Jamboree at Griffin Field Saturday afternoon.

St. Amant Middle defeated Central 22-14 in the opener.  Gonzales easily disposed of Lake, 36-0, in the next game before Dutchtown held off Galvez 8-6. In the finale, Prairieville outlasted Lake 7-0.

St. Amant 22

Central 14

Quarterback Jonavon Lewis scored all three touchdowns for the winning Wildcats.

Lewis scored on two option keepers to put St. Amant ahead 14-0.

Keiland Williams 35-yard run off tackle put Central on the board but Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff to make it 22-6.

Central’s final score came on Jonathan Whitmore’s 40-yard run.

Gonzales 36

Donaldsonville 0

Gonzales spread the wealth overmatching Donaldsonville in every category.

Placid Nworkorie scampered 24 yards around right end for the Bulldogs’ second score. Tristan Babin connected with Jaz Smith on the conversion to make it 14-0 with 3:26 left in the first half.

T.J.?Miles sacked Donaldsonville quarterback Jaquel Gant for a 4-yard loss on the ensuing possession and the Bulldogs recovered a bobbled snap at the Tiger 22. Two plays later, LaVonte McClyde hit DeAndre Darville out of the backfield for a 24-yard catch and run down the sidelines. Michael Favorite recovered the fumbled snap on the conversion to leave the score 20-0 with 43 seconds remaining in the half.

On the third play from scrimmage in the second half, Tyler Briley kept from 40 yards before throwing to Salvadore Owens on the conversion to give the Bulldogs a 28-0 lead.

Gonzales forced a three-and-out and Jaylon Watts blocked the ensuing punt that was recovered by Owens. Miles finished off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown around right end after a 14-yard run. Chad Hill connected with Jarred Adams on the conversion to make it 26-0.

Jacory Jones hit Gant for a 40-yard completion to open the next series but DaMonique Williams sacked him for a loss to kill the drive.

Galvez 8

Dutchtown 6

The only scoring came on kickoff returns as both defenses stiffened in the field of play.

Corey McBride returned the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards to pay dirt to crack the scoreboard but the Eagles fumbled the snap on the conversion.

On the ensuing kickoff Marquise Hampton dulpicated the feat with a 70-yard kickoff return for a score and ran in the conversion for the deciding margin.

After the Pirates recovered a fumble, Seth Denham sacked Mitchell Mayard for a loss. Adam Johnson was dropped for a 7-yard loss by Evan Matheny on the ensuing possession.

The Pirates and Eagles exchanged fumbles before Galvez was able to run the clock out. Neither team seriously threatened in the first half.

Both surrendered possession on fourth downs after driving into enemy territory to open the contest.

Prairieville 7

Lake 0

Marshall Richard hauled in the lone score in the first half for Prairieville.

Darrell Hardnett hit Richard for a 40-yard catch and run to open the contest the Titans’ defense stiffined and forced a field goal attempt that was blocked by Landon Trish after the Panthers had a first-and-goal. Reece LeBlanc hit DeAnthony James for a loss to push Prairieville back. 

One play later, Hunter Buckland recovered Tyler Dixon’s fumbled handoff. Hardnett then hit Richard from 15 yards out to crack the scoreboard. Allen Saltors’ kick made put the Panthers ahead 7-0.

Chandler Loupe sacked Dixon for a 5-yard loss just before halftime.

Lake's Trey Belleu intercepted Justin Martin on the opening possession of the second half but the Titans were forced to punt. Lake would get one more chance before Brandon Venegas recovered a fumble to seal the victory.

Duthctown’s Corey McBrides breaks tackles in an attempt to gain yardage in the first half of Galvez’s 8-6 victory Saturday evening in the Ascension Parish Middles School Jamboree at Griffin Field.